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In situ oxidation of poly- and heterocyclic tar oil contaminants using RedOx mediators

Project Leader
Loibner Andreas Paul, BOKU Project Leader
Contact person:
Brandstätter-Scherr Kerstin
Type of Research
Basic Research
Project partners
G.U.T GRUPPE UMWELT + TECHNIK GMBH. TB für Hydrogeologie und geotechnischen Umweltschutz. , Plesching 15, 4040 Linz, Austria.
Contact person: Dr. Manfred Nahold;
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
Brandstätter-Scherr Kerstin, Sub Projectleader (bis 31.12.2020)
Vasilieva Viktoriya, Project Staff
BOKU Research Units
Institute for Environmental Biotechnology
Funded by
Österreichische Kommunalkredit AG, Türkenstraße 9, 1092 Wien, Austria
Province of Upper Austria, Bahnhofplatz 1, 4021 Linz, Austria
Department for Agrobiotechnology, IFA-Tulln, Konrad-Lorenz-Straße 20, 3430 Tulln, Austria
Poly- and heterocyclic aromatic hydrocarbons are toxic and carcinogenic groundwater contaminants and present at most tar-oil contaminated sites. The sustainable remediation of these sites employing bioremediation is significantly impeded by their largely persistent nature under the anaerobic conditions typically prevailing at these sites. In the present research project „HetReMed“ the applicability of extracellular RedOx-mediators to facilitate the anaerobic biodegradation of aromatic hydrocarbons is investigated and will be applied in pilot scale at a contaminated site in Upper Austria.
Environmental chemistry; mineralogy; geochemistry; environmental research; wastes management; environmental protection; Environmental chemistry; waste technology; interdisciplinary technical sciences; environmental technology; biotechnology; wastes management; environmental protection;
Bioremediation; Groundwater Protection; RedOx-Technology; Tar Oil Contaminated Sites;

** Scherr, KE; Backes, D; Scarlett, AG; Lantschbauer, W; Nahold, M; Biogeochemical gradients above a coal tar DNAPL..

Sci Total Environ. 2016; 563-564:741-754 WoS PubMed FullText FullText_BOKU

* Scherr, KE; Vasilieva, V; Lantschbauer, W; Nahold, M; (2016): Composition and Dissolution of a Migratory, Weathered Coal Tar Creosote DNAPL.

Frontiers in Environmental Science, 4:61, 1-10 FullText FullText_BOKU

Scherr, K; Nahold, M; (2015): Insoluble Mn(IV)-dependent biodegradation of substituted and alkylated PAH using extracellular electron shuttles .
[6th European Bioremediation Conference 2015, Chania, Crete, Greece, 29.06.2015 - 02.07.2015]

In: Kalogerakis, N; Fava, F;, Book of Abstracts

Scherr, K; Scarlett, A; Nahold, M; (2015): Quinones increase availability of poorly soluble geogenic terminal electron acceptors for anaerobic hydrocarbon degradation.
[13th International UFZ-Deltares Conference on sustainable Use and Management of Soil, Sediment and Water Resources AquaConSoil 2015, Copenhagen, Denmark, 09.06.2015 - 12.06.2015]

In: Deltares-UFZ, Book of Abstracts

Scherr, KE; Scarlett, AG; Nahold, M (2015): In Situ Extracellular Electron Transfer in Tar Oil Contaminated Aquifers: Elucidating the Role of Mn(IV) as Terminal Electron Sink in Anaerobic PAH Oxidation .
[Third International Symposium on Bioremediation and Sustainable Environmental Technologies , Miami, FL, USA, 18.05.2015 - 21.05.2015]

In: Battelle, Book of Abstracts

Scherr, K; Nahold, M; (2015): In Situ Stimulation des mikrobiellen Kohlenwasserstoffabbaues unter Fe(III)- und Mn(IV)-reduzierenden Verhältnissen. Leitfaden: Verfahrensgrundlagen .

Scherr, K.; Nahold, M.; (2014): Extrazelluläre Elektronenshuttles zur Anaeroben Oxidation von Het-PAK.
[DepoTech 2014, Leoben, Austria, 04.11.2014 - 07.11.2014]

In: Pomberger, R.(Hrsg.), Tagungsband zur 12. DepoTech-Konferenz

Scherr, K.E. (2013): HetReMed: In situ Oxidation von Poly- und Heterozyklischen Teerölkontaminaten unter Einsatz von RedOx-Mediatoren. Zwischenbericht. .

Lebensministerium, Landesregierung Oberösterreich, 87

Scherr, K.E., De Schaetzen, A., Sumetzberger-Hasinger, M., Nahold, M. & Loibner, A.P. (2013): Extracellular Electron Shuttles in Tar Oil Biodegradation.
[AquaConSoil - 12th International UFZ-Deltares Conference on Groundwater-Soil-Systems and Water Resource Management, Barcelona, Spain, 16.04.2013 - 19.04.2013]

In: UFZ-Deltares, Proceedings AquaConSoil Barcelona 2013,

Scherr, Kerstin E. (2013): Extracellular Electron Transfer in in situ Petroleum Hydrocarbon Bioremediation.

In: Kutcherov, Vladimir; Kolesnikov, Anton, Hydrocarbon, 34; InTech Open Access, Rijeka, Croatia; ISBN ISBN 978-953-51-0927 FullText

** Scherr, KE; Hasinger, M; Loibner, AP Increasing PAH (bio)accessibility in historically PAH-contaminated soils: waste versus food-grade oils.

J CHEM TECHNOL BIOT. 2012; 87(9): 1229-1236. WoS FullText FullText_BOKU

** Vasilieva, V; Janik, L; Scherr, KE; Edelmann, E; Loibner, AP Data evaluation of tar oil degradation using comprehensive GC(2)/MS: individual compounds and principal component analysis.

J CHEM TECHNOL BIOT. 2012; 87(9): 1237-1245. WoS FullText FullText_BOKU

** Vasilieva, V; Scherr, KE; Edelmann, E; Hasinger, M; Loibner, AP Comprehensive GC(2)/MS for the monitoring of aromatic tar oil constituents during biodegradation in a historically contaminated soil..

J Biotechnol. 2012; 157(4):460-466 WoS PubMed FullText FullText_BOKU

Scherr, K.E., Hasinger, M., Loibner, A.P. (2012): Mobilisation of Polycyclic, Alkylated and Heterocyclic tar oil contaminants from industrial soils using lipid extraction . [Poster]
[Environmental Microbiology and Biotechnology in the Frame of the Knowledge-Based Bio&Green Economy 2012, Bologna, Italy, 09.04.2012 - 12.04.2012]

, Environmental Engineering and Management Journal, 11, 104-104; ISSN 1843-3707


Scherr, K. (2014): Das Projekt "HetReMed"-Prinzip, Ziele & Limitationen.

Umweltforschung im Brennpunkt - Behandlung von Teeröl-Standorten, MAY 7-8, 2014, Linz, AUSTRIA

Scherr, K. E. (2013): Extracellular Electron Shuttles in Anaerobic Tar Oil Bioremediation .

Sustainable Approaches for Remediation of Contaminated Land in Europe (SARCLE-2013), 22.-24. Oktober 2013, Amsterdam

Scherr, K.; Nahold, M.; (2004): HetReMed-Phase I+II: Labormaßstab. Het-PAK Abbau, Mikrobiologie und 2D-GC/MS & Grundlagen zur Verfahrensumsetzung im Pilotmaßstab am Standort der Altlast O45 in Enns.

Umweltforschung im Brennpunkt - Sanierung von Teerölaltlasten, MAY 7-8, 2014, Linz, AUSTRIA

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